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NEWS: U.N. Says Bugging Device Found at Its Geneva HQ

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posted on Dec, 17 2004 @ 12:58 AM
Workmen at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, have found a bugging device located inside one of its conference rooms. The device found between wood paneling, was located in a room used by foreign ministers last year to discuss the situation in post war Iraq. Officials have confirmed that the device was found, and have also indicated that an inquiry was underway. The 2003 meeting was held between United States, Russia, China, Britain and France. A security expert in Geneva stated that the device looked Russian or Eastern European in origin.
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations (news - web sites) said on Thursday a secret listening device had been found in a posh meeting room of its European headquarters in Geneva.

The room was used by ministers from major powers last year during private talks on Iraq following the U.S. invasion and occupation.

Marie Heuze, chief U.N. spokeswoman in Geneva, confirmed the report by French-language Swiss Television which said the sophisticated bugging device had been uncovered in recent months in the Salon Francais of the Palais des Nations, formerly the League of Nations.

"I confirm that U.N. workmen found a listening device. An inquiry was unable to determine when the device was planted or by whom," she told Reuters.

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I doubt highly that the investigation will get anywhere. Even if the device is Russian, who’s not say that it was planted by another intelligence service so that they can deny it if caught. The Russians were quite good at this during the cold war and it may be a left over relic of that period as well. You would think that the U.N. or one of the delegations using the room would sweep it periodically. That’s no guarantee and the bug may be sophisticated that it may have escaped detection.

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